As interest in social capital has grown over the past decade-particularly in public health -so has the lack of consensus on exactly what it is and what makes it worth studying. Ichiro Kawachi, a widely respected leader in the field, and 21 contributors (including physicians, economists, and public health experts) discuss the theoretical origins of social capital, the strengths and limitations of current methodologies of measuring it, and salient examples of social capital concepts informing public health practice. Among the highlights: Measurement methods: survey, sociometric,…mehr
As interest in social capital has grown over the past decade-particularly in public health -so has the lack of consensus on exactly what it is and what makes it worth studying. Ichiro Kawachi, a widely respected leader in the field, and 21 contributors (including physicians, economists, and public health experts) discuss the theoretical origins of social capital, the strengths and limitations of current methodologies of measuring it, and salient examples of social capital concepts informing public health practice.
The relationship between social capital and physical health and health behaviors: smoking, substance abuse, physical activity, sexual activity
Social capital and mental health: early findings
Social capital and the aging community
Social capital and disaster preparedness
Social Capital and Health is certain to inspire a new generation of research on this topic, and will be of interest to researchers and advanced students in public health, health behavior, and social epidemiology.
Ichiro Kawachi is a Professor of Social Epidemiology in the Department of Society, Human Development, and Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is also Director of the Harvard Center for Society and Health. He has authored several books with Oxford University Press and New Press on society and health.
S.V. Subramanian is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Society, Human Development and Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. He has a PhD in geography with specialization in multilevel statistical methods, and he also has a master's degree in the field of development studies.
Daniel Kim is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Society, Human Development, and Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. He completed residency training in community medicine at the University of Toronto. He also has a doctor of public health degree in social epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Chapter 1. Social capital and health: A decade of progress and beyondIchiro Kawachi, S.V. Subramanian and Daniel Kim PART I MEASUREMENT OF SOCIAL CAPITAL Chapter 2. Measurement of individual social capital: questions, instruments, and measuresMartin van der Gaag and Martin Webber Chapter 3. The measurement of community social capital through surveysTrudy Harpham Chapter 4. Network-based approaches for measuring social capitalCynthia M. Lakon, Dionne C. Godette and John R. Hipp Chapter 5. Actual or potential neighborhood resources for health: What can Bourdieu offer for understanding mechanisms linking social capital to health?Richard M. Carpiano Chapter 6. Social capital and public health: Qualitative and ethnographic approachesRob Whitley Chapter 7. The economic approach to cooperation and trust: Lessons for the study of social capital and healthLisa R. Anderson and Jennifer M. Mellor PART II EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE Chapter 8. Social capital and physical health: A systematic review of the literatureDaniel Kim, S.V. Subramanian and Ichiro Kawachi Chapter 9. Social capital and mental health: An updated interdisciplinary review of primary evidenceAstier M. Almedom and Douglas Glandon Chapter 10. Social capital and health-related behaviorsMartin Lindström Chapter 11. Social capital and aging-related outcomesKathleen Cagney and Ming Wen Chapter 12. Social capital and health communicationsK. (Vish) Viswanath Chapter 13. Disaster preparedness and social capitalHoward K. Koh and Rebecca O. Cadigan
From the reviews:
"This edited book is designed to provide an up-to-date description of scholarly thinking about the concept of social capital and its relationships to health outcomes. ... Public health students and researchers interested in social and behavioral predicates of health are the intended audience. ... The chapter authors are published and knowledgeable in their respective areas. This book will provide students and academic researchers with a very good, up-to-date accounting of the state-of-the-field in thinking about and studying social capital and its relationship to health." (Anne B. Wallis, Doody's Review Service, January 2008)
"The book consists of an introduction plus two large sections, the first on the measurement of social capital and the second on the evidence linking social capital to health. ... This book will be a useful reference for anyone interested in understanding and studying the many and complex ways in which social relationships may affect health." (Ana V. Diez Roux, American Journal of Epidemiology, Vol. 168, 2008)
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